Upgrading & Pathway Programs
If you'd like to apply to Dalhousie, but do not meet our general admission requirements there are a number of pathways to enrolment at Dalhousie.
Upgrading and pathway options
University Prep: Open Learning & Career Development
University Prep courses will prepare you to succeed in a wide range of studies. Prep courses are now offered online, allowing you to customize a learning plan that works for you, with flexible part-time schedules.
Extended Learning: Faculty of Agriculture
Offered online by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, N.S., Extended Learning upgrading courses in physics, chemistry and pre-calculus can be used toward enrolment at either Halifax and Truro campuses.
Transition Year Program
If you're an applicant who is African Nova Scotian or Indigenous you may be eligible for the Transition Year Program (TYP), a pathway to undergraduate study at Dalhousie which offers financial support and a living allowance.
Indigenous Student Access Pathway
The Indigenous Student Access Pathway is a one-year program at Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus. This pathway program is for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students who would not otherwise be eligible for admissions under Dalhousie’s current minimum high school prerequisites. This pathway offers dedicated support while transitioning to a university environment.
Below is a list of some of the commonly used institutions/courses for upgrading. If you have questions about other options or courses please contact an advisor.
Open University Pre-University Math 0110: equivalent to Academic Math 12
Open University Advanced Pre-University Math 0120: equivalent to Pre-Calculus 12
Nova Scotia Community College
Courses equivalent to English 12: COMM 1041 or COMM 1100 or COMM 1000 or COMM 1001 or COMM 1205 & 2215 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements) or COMM 1227 & 1228 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).
Courses equivalent to Academic Math 12: MATH 1046 & 1047 together (both courses must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).
Courses equivalent to Pre-Calculus Math 12: MATH 1050, or MATH 1013 & 1023 together*, or MATH 1546 & 1547 together* (*both portions must have final grades that meet Dalhousie’s admission requirements).
Courses equivalent to Physics 12: PHYS 1046 or PHYS 1047
Courses equivalent to Chemistry 12: CHEM 1046 or CHEM 1050
Courses equivalent to Biology 12: BIOL 1046 or BIOL 1050
Nova Scotia Department of Education – Correspondence Studies Program
For more information please visit the Correspondence Studies website.
All courses taken through the NSDE – CSP are equivalent to a grade 12 in-class version.
Saint Mary’s University
Writing Skills: equivalent to English 12
Pre-University Math: equivalent to Academic Math 12
Pre-Calculus Math: equivalent to Pre-Calculus 12
Online Biology 12: equivalent to Biology 12
Chemistry 12: equivalent to Chemistry 12
Pre-University Physics is equivalent to Physics 12
Virtual High School (Ontario)
For more information please visit the Virtual High School website.
All courses taken through the VHS and coded 4M/4U are equivalent to a grade 12 in-class version.
TVO/ILC Online Courses (Ontario)
For more information please visit the ILC website.
Courses taken through ILC that are coded 4M/4U are equivalent to a grade 12 in-class version.